Finance solutions provider, Sanlam Kenya has flagged off Kenyan representatives to the 2019 Sanlam Cape Town Marathon that will be on 15th September. The representatives are the winners of the just concluded Life is a Marathon competition that will culminate in their representing Kenya at the marathon.

Lorin Otieno, Kennedy Ochieng, Victor Onditi, Brian Mabonga and Raymond Kimutai beat out all other participants to emerge victorious. The competition, which was open to both the public and Sanlam Kenya staff ran in two stages and attracted a total of 41 participants.

The first stage of the competition, involved participants submitting their photos or videos showcasing how they would prepare for a marathon as a 2 member team or share a story about a person who had had a positive impact on their life. Participants were then shortlisted for the second stage of the competition, during which they underwent a series of outdoor fitness challenges at Karen End AP Post and Jaffery Sports Club. They finally did a high intensity interval training session at the gym.

Speaking during the flag off event, which took place at Sanlam Towers, Sanlam Kenya Group CEO Dr Patrick Tumbo commended the athletes for their prowess and urged them to put their best foot forward at the competition.

“We are very proud of how well these individuals performed and as they prepare to depart, we would like to encourage you to be the best you can be. Whether you are training for a marathon or a young child learning how to ride a bicycle, you need a partner to help you get through and that is who we are at Sanlam Kenya. We strive to ensure that we innovate our products and services to serve you throughout all the stages of your life”.

Sanlam Kenya launched the Life is a marathon competition on 9th August 2019. It was in an effort to demonstrate the importance of collaborating with the right partner to help one live their best life and achieve their goals.

As the only gold label marathon on the African continent, the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon attracts over 23 international running clubs including a world class elite field of athletes and over 15,000 runners annually. Elite runners representing the country competitively will include Celestine Chepchirchir, Mercy Jerotich Kibarus, Milliam Ebongon, Janet Jelagat Rono, Philemon Cheboi, Edwin Kibet Koech, Samuel Theuri Mwaniki and Kipkemoi Kipsang.